There's a nasty rumor going around that Caitlyn Jenner will receive this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs at the expense of "runner-up" Noah Galloway, a double-amputee army veteran and competitive runner. This is all kinds of not true.
Has ESPY, is a badass. (Via Vanity Fair)
Just hours after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name with a smokin' hot Vanity Fair cover, ESPN announced that she would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the network's annual ESPY Awards. Jenner fits the criteria for the award, as she is an Olympic champion and very publicly transitioned from male to female.
The Courage Award is not like Best Picture at the Oscars, where nominees are announced and somebody wins at the ceremony. It's more like a Lifetime Achievement Award, where one winner is announced ahead of time. And yet right after the ESPYs announcement, jerks on Twitter and Facebook started spreading a rumor that Jenner had won the ESPY over Noah Galloway, a marathon runner and Crossfit athlete who lost an arm and leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq. (Your aunt on Facebook who spread this rumor likely knows him because he was on Dancing With the Stars.)
No ESPY, but still a badass. (Via Buzzfeed)
And that's when the misplaced outrage began, as people who take cable TV awards shows and who may also be just a wee bit transphobic called it a "disgrace" and an "outrage" and things like that. Of course, there's even a Change.org petition to force ESPN to overturn its decision.
The rumor-debunkers at Snopes have already figured out where the mess started. On Monday, conservative radio host Gerry Callahan tweeted this clever and tasteful "joke":
Ha? (Via Twitter)